Widening Participation

Teacher Information about ACES

Access to Creative Education in Scotland (ACES) is a Widening Participation project for eligible pupils in years S4-6 who attend a Scottish state school and who are interested in studying a visual creative subject such as art, design or architecture at university.

ACES Edinburgh supports teachers working in state secondary schools in:

  • Edinburgh
  • The Lothians (East Lothian, Midlothian & West Lothian)
  • Scottish Borders
  • Falkirk
  • Stirling
  • Clackmannanshire

... and who teach ACES-relevant subject areas or have a pupil supporting role including:

  • Teachers of relevant subject areas such as Art and Design, Photography, Graphic Communication, Drama, or Design and Manufacture
  • Teachers in roles such as Guidance Teachers, Heads of House, Career Advisers, or Pupil Support


Support and events we offer to teachers

ACES Edinburgh will advise teachers who support ACES Edinburgh pupils with their application to visual creative degrees. In addition to this, we offer Continual Professional Development (CPD) opportunities which may count towards the requirement to engage in Professional Learning for teachers registered in Scotland.

All of our activities for teachers are free of charge and we will provide all required materials.

Events and activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Introduction to ACES and the support we offer
  • Information Sessions around application process and portfolios
  • Visits of the Edinburgh College of Art campus and Graduate Show
  • In-school visits 


Upcoming events for teachers are announced via email to all local state secondary school teachers who are subscribed to our ACES Teacher Newsletter.


Sign up to the ACES Teacher Newsletter and Events


Any questions? Contact us

ACES Edinburgh

Contact details



The ACES Teams works between different University buildings as well as from home. You can best reach us via email and the work phone.


  • Monday - Friday:
    09:00 - 17:00

    We run out-of-hours events which may impact availability.

ACES is run in collaboration with Reach: Scotland, a project managed by five universities throughout Scotland (the University of Aberdeen; the University of Dundee; the University of Edinburgh; the University of Glasgow; and the University of St Andrews), and funded by the Scottish Funding Council. The University of Edinburgh is responsible for the delivery of ACES and Reach in the south east of Scotland.